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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Asheville / Western North Carolina

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Asheville / Western North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (6133)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Asheville
About the restaurant
Around the corner from the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville, Limones Restaurant provides an inspirational mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. Long before working and training under some of San Francisco’s most talented chefs, Hugo Ramirez was raised on the intense and varied flavors native to his hometown of Mexico City. In fact, he still calls on his mother for the secrets of traditional Mexican dishes, which he reinvents in innovative and surprising ways. At Limones, Hugo’s love of Mexican food is combined with his training in french-influenced California cuisine.
Top review
JonD
Dined 5 days ago
We are locals and Limones is one of our faves. Service can be slow on busy nights but the food is innovative and excellent. Hard to get a res so book early.
A photo of Reid's Cafe and Catering restaurant
4.8
4.8 (565)
$31 to $50
American
Banner Elk
About the restaurant

Reid’s Cafe is located in beautiful Sugar Mountain, NC. We love the intentional, the specific, and the well-cared-for. We work closely with our local farms and purveyors to curate fresh, seasonal menus that feature regionally sourced meats, a rotation of fresh oysters and select seafood. All of our breads, pastas, and pastries are prepared in-house daily. Our Bar offers local beers, seasonal craft cocktails, and a well chosen wine selection. We are currently operating under all Covid-19 restrictions and following all CDC and local guidelines. The health and safety of our guests and our staff is our #1 priority. Outdoor reservations are by phone only. We look forward to seeing you.

Top review
cmcmvip
Dined 4 days ago
The food and service at Reid’s is always great. A must stop during visits to the High Country.
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4.8
4.8 (1525)
$31 to $50
Asian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, where Japanese Soul Food meets American BBQ by James Beard Nominated Michael Lewis. “Japanese Smokehouse” is defined as merging Japanese ingredients and flavors with American BBQ techniques, and everything in between.

Menu highlights include light and refreshing dishes such as Wagyu Tataki with house kimchee, yuzu kosho and savory soy or Tuna Sashimi with yuzu sabayon + furikake, to bolder flavors such as Smoked Pastrami Short Rib
with toasted rye, fire roasted kimchi + yuzu pickles or the Duck Hot Pot, duck dumplings, smoked shoyu broth + shrooms. We are open 7 days a week, for Dinner and Sunday Brunch!

Please note, our dining room consists of booths, regular tables and high-tops. We will try our best to accommodate you at your prefer location, but sometimes it is not possible due to party size. Our outdoor tables can be requested but not guaranteed when booking on open table.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious! Do yourself a favor and go here! Our favorites were the karaage chicken and the trout
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4.8
4.8 (123)
$31 to $50
French American
Hendersonville
About the restaurant
Claywood is a popular wine and whiskey bar in downtown Hendersonville, where owner Carly Buntin has created a large welcoming space that encourages people to engage with one another—as in, talk and laugh and share, and not stare at a phone. Whether that involves a couple, a family, a group of friends or even complete strangers who are open to chance encounters, Claywood invites connection.

Claywood’s food menu features a variety of artisan charcuterie boards, which include hearty selections of meats and cheeses.

The whiskey menu is similarly impressive and the wine menu includes a brilliant offering of old world wines.
If you’re free for Sunday brunch, check out Claywood’s exotic meat carving station, which could include elk, antelope, wild boar, venison or pheasant, which pair well with its mimosa and “mary” beverage boards.

And if that doesn’t give you something to talk about, we don’t know what will!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Excellent and creative food. Great attentive service and many unique food and drink selections to choose from.
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4.7
4.7 (2109)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Posana is a contemporary American restaurant in the heart of downtown Asheville on Historic Pack Square. With a focus on serving local, seasonal, and sustainable cuisine, Posana sources unprocessed, premium ingredients from nearly 65 different local purveyors and farmers each week and regularly changes the menu. The restaurant’s warm welcoming main dining room is ideal for a weeknight dinner, weekend get together, or a special occasion celebration. We can’t wait to serve you.
Top review
3GF2NGF
Dined 2 days ago
Food was AMAZING. Service was very attentive and friendly but not stuffy. This is a great place to go to celebrate a special occasion.
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4.7
4.7 (264)
$30 and under
Spanish
Highlands / Sapphire
About the restaurant
Inspired by Mediterranean Spanish and South American influences, we are cooking up rustic tapas, or small savory dishes, in a modern environment.

Here at Stubborn Seeds, our menu is created in the spirit of gathering and sharing. We encourage everyone to try a variety of our small plates. Tapas come to the table as they are prepared, so relax and enjoy a social dining experience. Engage with all your senses and enjoy every bite!

Top review
JackH
Dined 3 days ago
Food, service was very good. We have dined there several times and never disappointed.
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4.6
4.6 (22)
$31 to $50
American
Blowing Rock
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
DickM
Dined 4 days ago
Nice concise menu. Good selection. Food was great. We got to meet the new chef...great guy. Beer selection needs a true lager...yingling, fat tire, or Kentucky bourbon barrel ale.
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4.5
4.5 (2272)
$50 and over
Italian
Asheville
About the restaurant
Led by chef and owner Hector Diaz, Modesto features a farm to table approach to upscale wood-fired Italian. The menu changes twice daily and includes a variety of fresh seafood, fine meats, and house made pastas. Pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in a wood fired oven made in Italy. To compliment your meal, our bar offers over 30 exclusively Italian wines as well as a dynamic list of classic and cutting edge cocktails. Desserts are made from scratch, including our famous tiramisu, and we proudly serve SRO Coffee.
Top review
JLLKAVLvip
Dined 5 days ago
The food is excellent. In Asheville it is a top restaurant for food, beverages and service. I had a wonderful dish that utilized veal and a myriad of vegetables.
A photo of Little Pearl Asheville restaurant
4.3
4.3 (205)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Asheville
About the restaurant
We are a proud family owned and operated establishment with a special focus on our raw-bar and seafood, killer burgers/buns and an impressive selection of craft beers, domestics and imported beers! Our wine list has offerings of whites, reds and bubbles that perfectly pair with your favorite East and/or West coast oysters or our divine Surf & Turf burger! The mountains of Asheville and the surrounding areas provide an abundance of incredible resources that we are thrilled to have at our fingertips and our rockstar staff will make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Best seafood in the mountains! Go! Incredible tasting subtle sauces to compliment very fresh seafood! Incredible!
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4.2
4.2 (24)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Asheville
About the restaurant
We welcome you to come experience the essence of Brazil! Gauchinho is an authentic, classy, Brazilian Churrascaria style steakhouse. We offer an all you can eat buffet, featuring a full salad bar, Brazilian hot dishes, and a rodizio of 15 different types of high quality, flavor bursting, mouth-watering meats; sliced directly at your table by our highly skilled Gauchos. Along with a full bar, including the world famous Caipirinha; we also offer a beautiful wine wall to browse, with a fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, and California. Come experience the Brazilian way of steakhouses at Gauchinho! We promise, you won't leave hungry.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I love this Brazilian restaurant. The food is authentic Brazilian. My Brazilian girlfriend and I had dinner and she loved the food. The quality of food is great and cooked to perfection. I like my meat meat rare and my girlfriend like hers well done. They were able to satisfy both of our preferences. Also, the servers were great. Very professional from the time we walked in until the time we were finished. They were friendly, personable which made our dining experience incredible. The atmosphere was very relaxing. The cost is very comparable to many Brazilian restaurants I've been to. I can't wait to go back.
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